Madonna and Child with Two Cherubim

Madonna and Child with Two Cherubim
Antoniazzo Romano (Italian, c. 1452-1508-9)
c. 1475-80
Tempera on panel 
21 x 16-1/2 in. (53.3 x 41.9 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Antoniazzo Romano contributed a sense of spaciousness and naturalism to this traditional depiction of the "Mater Amabilis," the Virgin who introduces the Christ Child. She is clothed in a blue mantle with green lining and a red robe, colors indicative of faith, hope and charity. The symbol of the "Stella Maris," the gold star, can be clearly seen on the Virgin's left shoulder. The small size of this panel indicates its use as a devotional object, perhaps in a private home.


Charles Butler, London.
Robert H. Benson (1850-1929), London, acquired 1891, sold 1 June 1927 to;
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 29351, sold 26 April 1928 to];
Julius H. Haass, Detroit, by descent/inheritance to;
Lillian Henkel Haass, Detroit, by 1933, 1937 to;
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 29743, sold 6 February 1937 to];
Mrs. Trent McMath, Grosse Point Park, Michigan, sold 6 February 1937 to;
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 29743, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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